08 Feb 2017

A rash of invisible, fileless malware is infecting banks around the globe

“Now, fileless malware is going mainstream, as financially motivated criminal hackers mimic their nation-sponsored counterparts. According to research Kaspersky Lab plans to publish Wednesday, networks belonging to at least 140 banks and other enterprises have been infected by malware that relies on the same in-memory design to remain nearly invisible.

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08 Feb 2017

Cyber expert’s arrest silences Russian contacts of some Western crime fighters

“Russian cyber-security experts have scaled back cooperation with Western contacts after one of their number was arrested in Moscow on treason charges, making it harder to fight global online crime, U.S. law-enforcement and industry sources say. Despite acrimonious relations between Russia and the United States in recent years, experts on

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08 Feb 2017

New Mac malware from Iran targets US defense industry, human rights advocates with fake Flash updates

“Security researchers have discovered new malware for macOS called ‘MacDownloader,’ which is believed to have been created by Iranian hackers to try and attack individuals and companies involved in the US defense industry. “ Source: New Mac malware from Iran targets US defense industry, human rights advocates with fake Flash

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08 Feb 2017

House Approves Bill Requiring Warrants for All Police Email Searches

“The House passed legislation for the second time Monday that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before demanding any emails regardless of how old they are.” Source: House Approves Bill Requiring Warrants for All Police Email Searches – Nextgov.com

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08 Feb 2017

As hackings get more sophisticated, tech giants are devising alternatives to Cisco

“This fear has created a sense of urgency for Apple Inc., Google, Facebook Inc. and other technology giants that have been devising their own alternatives to Cisco, which controls more than half of the market for network equipment. After the photo was published, Cisco filed a public complaint with the White

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07 Feb 2017

Our Science Fiction Cyber Future

“The cybersecurity industry is currently enamored with concepts of autonomous defense, including elements of machine learning, behavioral analytics, and artificial intelligence—and rightly so. Programed to be able to study all vulnerabilities in the public domain, autonomous bots (autbots)—not to be confused with bots simply conducting repetitive tasks like guessing default

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07 Feb 2017

U.S. shares election-hacking intel with Europe

“The U.S. intelligence community is working with governments across Europe to ensure they don’t fall victim to the same digital meddling campaign that rattled the American presidential election.” Source: U.S. shares election-hacking intel with Europe – POLITICO

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07 Feb 2017

Ransomware Causes Dallas Police to Lose 8 Years of Evidence

“A police station in Dallas lost digital evidence, such as videos and photos, when it cleaned up from a ransomware attack after deciding not to pay. The Cockrell Hill Police Department’s servers were infected Dec. 12 by a ransomware virus that demanded $4,000 in bitcoins. The department, after consulting with

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07 Feb 2017

Anonymous Knocks 10,000 Dark Web Sites Offline, Exposes User Data

“An Anonymous-linked hacker group publicly exposed the database of dark web hosting service Freedom Hosting II after it knocked offline about one-fifth of the dark web. The group, which identified itself as an Anonymous affiliate, compromised Freedom Hosting II’s servers, knocking about 10,000 Tor-based websites offline Feb 3, according to The

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06 Feb 2017

A Russian Slot Machine Hack Is Costing Casinos Big Time

“The economic realities of the gaming industry seem to guarantee that the St. Petersburg organization will continue to flourish. The machines have no easy technical fix. As Hoke notes, Aristocrat, Novomatic, and any other manufacturers whose PRNGs have been cracked ‘would have to pull all the machines out of service

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